Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Western Paciﬁc Mole
“The advent of the Western Pacific Railway is epochal... for the system’s coming made it possible for Oakland to recover control and possession of its magnificent waterfront.” – Oakland Mayor Frank K. Mort, 1910.
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This is the site of the Western Pacific Mole, which opened in 1910 and extended nearly two-miles out from Oakland’s natural shoreline. The term “mole” refers to an earth or stone-filled breakwater, such as a ferry anchorage, that juts out into deep water. Ferries were crucial to Bay Area transportation until bridges were built in the 1930s. People rode ferries from this location until 1933, when passenger operations were transferred to the Southern Pacific Mole on the north side of Middle Harbor. The
Location. 37° 48.022′ N, 122° 19.764′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Middle Harbor Road near 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3660 Middle Harbor Road, Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chappell Roland Hayes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Training Wall (approx. ¼ mile away); John "Alex" Alexander (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rear Admiral R.J. "Bear" Arnold, U.S.N. (approx. 0.4 miles away); USS Oakland CL-AA 95 (approx. half a mile away); USS Oakland Mast (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 1.7 miles away); Pan Am China Clipper (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. To locate this marker take an unnamed road heading south from the USS Oakland mast to the end. From there walk about a 1/4 mile west to the former ferry slip.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 10, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.